DAMASCUS — Century started its Class 2A West Region semifinal matchup on the road against Damascus with all of the momentum.
After winning the opening coin toss, the Knights drove down the field and Kevin Hackett booted a 23-yard field goal. But that momentum would change as the Hornets offense moved in as quickly as the fog did.
Damascus overwhelmed Century and pulled away to an eventual 42-3 victory.
JT Schneider paced the Knights (7-4) on the ground during the first possession and led them into field-goal range. But after the opening drive offense would be hard to come by for Century.
Jalen Stanton returned the opening kickoff to the Century 45-yard line to set up good field position for the Knights. He also had a key 15-yard catch to keep the opening drive going.
The Hornets (11-0) started stopping the Knights at the line of scrimmage and put points up on the board on offense.
Led by standout running back TD Ayo-Durojaiye, Damascus dominated the ground game and put up 21 points in the first half to gain a commanding lead. Ayo-Durajaiye totaled three rushing touchdowns on the night, including an 81-yard score the first play of the third quarter.
The Hornets continued to control the line of scrimmage in the second half and scored two long touchdowns on the ground to make the outcome all but a certainty. The second long score of the third came from Chris Shaw, who darted through the line of scrimmage and broke free in the open field to score from 40 yards.
The two-time reigning Class 2A champion Hornets won their 53rd consecutive game, extending the Maryland record.
Century quarterback Brett Kropinski completed just four of his 13 pass attempts in the first half for 50 yards, unofficially. After the first drive Schneider found no room to maneuver as the Hornets dominated the line of scrimmage.
The wet and muddy field didn’t Kropinski any favors as he was constantly trying to evade pressure throughout the contest. In the first half the Knights took care of the ball and remained within striking distance for most of the first half.
But eventually the lack of offense doomed the Knights as they could not cut into the Damascus lead. The Knights finished with two more wins than last year, but ultimately they couldn’t gain enough ground to advance to the Class 2A West final.
Century 3 0 0 0 — 3
Damascus 7 14 14 7 — 42
C-Kevin Hackett 23 field goal
D-TD Ayo-Durojaiye 21 run (Junior Baires kick)
D-Michael O’Neil 1 run (Baires kick)
D-Ayo-Durojaiye 1 run (Baires kick)
D-Ayo-Durojaiye 81 run (Baires kick)
D-Chris Shaw 40 run (Baires kick)
D-Ricky Bruno 1 run (Baires kick)